CFP: Popular Culture and Feminine Self-Fashioning (7/15/06; MAPACA, 10/27/06-10/29/06)

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Elizabeth Dill
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CFP: Popular Culture, the Marketplace and Feminine Self-Fashioning Panel,

"A Rose by Any Other Name: Female Self-Fashioning and the Marketplace" is a
session of the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association's
annual conference. The dates are 10/27/06 -10/29/06 in Baltimore, MD. For
more information, please go to:

The Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association's special sections on
Women's Studies invites papers of 15-20 minutes in length on the subject of
the self-fashioned woman. From the world's oldest profession to Martha
Stewart, the marketplace has been a popular if troubling space for the
fashioning of women's identities. Indeed, self-fashioning is a volatile act
for a woman to take on, whether it involves the identity politics of passing
or product development or the attempt to turn oneself into a brand name. How
do women who "make a name" for themselves also contribute to the larger
ideologies of self-fashioning? How does the empire of marketplace become a
stage for women's self-fashioning? What role does race play in the
construction of the "face" that sells? What does it really mean to be a
self-made woman?

Paper topics may consider, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
   * Passing narratives such as Norah Vincent's Self-Made Man and the
authorship of gender
   * Vaudeville performers and the billing of names in the nineteenth
   * The spectacle of the fashioned self in literature, as in Tipping the
Velvet by Sarah Waters
   * Martha Stewart's fashioning of self, home, and brand in Martha Stewart
Living and The Apprentice II
   * Oprah Winfrey's billionaire empire based upon a staging of femininity
   * The Beecher-Stowe sisters' work on home economics
   * Estee Lauder and the popularization of the "made-up" woman

Please send abstracts (word count 250-500) and curriculum vitaes (electronic
mail preferred) by July 15, 2006 to:

or send via U.S. mail to

Sheri Weinstein and Elizabeth Dill
Department of English
Kingsborough Community College
City University New York
2001 Oriental Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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